International community calls for reducing tension between US and Iran

Friday, 2019-05-17 10:29:02
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Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono shake hands at the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, May 16, 2019. (Photo: Pool via Reuters)
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NDO – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on May 15 warned that tension between the US and Iran is very serious at the moment, calling for the international community to prevent the possibility of military escalation, according to foreign news and the Vietnam News Agency.

The German FM warned that the collapse of the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would have serious consequences for Germany, Europe and the Middle East.

* On May 16, Japanese FM Taro Kono called on Iran to comply with the nuclear deal, after Tehran decided to suspend the implementation of some of its commitments, in response to US sanctions. During a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tokyo, Taro Kono emphasised the need to maintain and comply with the nuclear deal, affirming that Japan is ready to help ease the tensions between the US and Iran.

* Earlier, Iranian FM Zarif said Iran was exercising "maximum restraint" despite the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, and accused Washington of taking action to increase tensions. Defense Minister Amir Hatami said Iran was ready to prepare at the highest level against any military threat.

* According to the Xinhua News Agency, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said on May 15 that the security situation in the country is stable, while emphasising that Iraq is trying to promote dialogues to help ease the tensions between the US and Iran. The statement was made hours after the US Department of State ordered several employees to leave Iraq amid escalating tensions with Iran.

* On the same day, Germany and the Netherlands announced a temporary suspension of military training in Iraq, after the US warned of increased threats in the country. Reuters quoted a source from the French Defence Ministry that the country has no plans to suspend its operations in Iraq. Meanwhile, on the occasion of Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s visit to Turkey on May 15, the two countries signed an agreement to strengthen their military and security cooperation.